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Australia’s first ever Free From Show and Allergy Show (2019)!

Exciting news! On 12 – 14 July 2019, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will play host to the two events, designed to empower and educate those avoiding particular foods, allergens or substances due to choice or necessity - Australia’s first ever ‘Free From’ Show and Allergy Show.

With 4 million Australians living with an allergic disease, and more and more people cutting out meat, gluten, dairy, peanut, tree nut, parabens, fructose, sugar, egg, soy, GMO and cruelty, the demand for an event catering to allergies and food intolerances has never been stronger. - Australian ‘Free From’ and Allergy Show

The shows are co-located, so one ticket with provide you with access to both events. The Allergy Show is the chance to hear from leading experts in a dedicated forum and speak one-on-one with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia health educators. Topics covered in the Allergy Learning Centre include Challenges of current food labelling,hosted by A&AA CEO Maria Said, Infant feeding resources by National Allergy Strategy Coordinator Sandra Vale, and Thunderstorm Asthma by Asthma Australia. The Allergy Show is proudly supported by peak consumer support organisation Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), as well as industry leaders Asthma Australia and The Eczema Association of Australasia Inc. 

The ‘Free From’ Show will cater to those with dietary needs and exclusion lifestyles spanning gluten, dairy, peanut, tree nut, parabens, fructose, sugar, egg, soy, GMO and even cruelty. There will also be a focus on sustainable and eco-friendly brands and education, as well as FODMAP friendly foods.

Visitors will enjoy samples of Twobays Brewing Co.’s famous gluten-free beer; cult classic Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Flavours; a gluten free Asian Hawker-style zone from New Chinese Garden and a range of skin-sensitive beauty products. The robust list of confirmed exhibitors includes: Orgran Health & Nutrition, Rebel Kitchen, Schar, New Chinese Garden, Tumerix, YUM. Gluten Free, Weis, Organic Formulations, Nestle Health Science and JellyFish Mattress.

Check out the Allergy Show and ‘Free From’ Show websites for more details!


5 Inspirational Natural Medicine Practitioners in Melbourne, and Beyond!

Today on the blog we share our favourite Natural Medicine practitioners across Melbourne and beyond.

Natural medicine practitioners can play a key role in helping you maintain optimal health and wellness. Natural medicine practitioners can assist with a range of health areas and services - from hormone health and nutrition, to gut health and naturopathy, to acupuncture and muscular health.

With Natural Medicine Week coming up (20 - 26 May, 2019), we thought what better time to write about some the best-loved natural medicine gurus and clinics!


Women’s Health @ The Pagoda Tree: Acupuncturist and Dr of Chinese Medicine, Nat Kringoudis and her team of practitioners bring an absolute wealth of knowledge on womens health, hormones and fertility to natural medicine clinic, The Pagoda Tree in Melbourne’s Albert Park. Nat often runs workshops and events (both online and in person) that provide an excellent source of education and information to inspire women to take ownership of their health and wellness journey. The informative ‘You and Your Hormones’ Workshop is coming up on 24 May 2019, click here for more details.  Nat also cohosts The Wellness Collective podcast, covering a range of health and wellness topics.

Ivanhoe Chinese Medicine: Ivanhoe Chinese Medicine offers a range of traditional chinese medicine services including acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine and massage therapies. Ivanhoe Chinese Medicine is offering all new clients 20% off for the month of May as part of Natural Medicine Week! You must mention ‘Natural Medicine Week’ when booking.

Peninsula Herbal Dispensary & Naturopathic Clinic: Peninsula Herbal Dispensary provide a range of naturopathy services on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Peninsula Herbal Dispensary and Naturopathy Clinic offers in-clinic testing (such as immune testing, inflammation marker testing, thyroid function testing, adrenal function testing and hormone testing), food intolerance assessments for children and more.


Goulds Natural Medicine: Naturopath, Herbalist and Research Scientist Dr Jason Hawrelak practices at Goulds Natural Medicine in Hobart Tasmania. Dr. Hawrelak is an expert on the gut microbiome, and completed his PHD on probiotics, pre-biotics and herbal medicines to modify the microbiota. Join Dr Hawrelak for an online webinar on Nourishing Your Gut Microbiome on Tuesday 21 May (tickets selling fast!).


Cole Natural Health Centres: Dr. Will Cole is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Practitioner based in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Dr. Cole is fast becoming one of the most recognised names in natural medicine, worldwide. His YouTube channel is an easy way to gain a wealth of knowledge on nutrition and popular health topics. Dr. Cole offers consultations worldwide (online) and also consults out of his offices for US based clients at Cole Natural Health Centres on Infinity Drive in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Happy Natural Medicine Week! Wishing you good health and happiness!!